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Two Day Dublin Getaway

By Visit Dublin

18th May 2021

As you plan your great escape, you'll find that Ireland’s capital has plenty to offer.

Dublin is ever-evolving; its ancient docklands are home to cutting-edge tech giants and hip indie coffee houses, but its charm and history are evergreen. Take in some sights, dip in and out of the many cultural offerings and soak up the heritage-meets-modern atmosphere.

Read on for our insider’s guide to spending two days in the old town.   

The best of the city centre

Canal bank cycle

There are few better ways to explore Dublin than renting a bike. The city has over 190km of cycle routes, and the one along the beautiful Grand Canal is perfect for starters. Watch out for swans and barges, or the occasional kayaker as you pedal along this 3.6km route, stopping for coffee along the way. You’ll pass the Georgian elegance of Portobello, before arriving at the thriving tech hub of Spencer Dock.   

A couple cycling by the canal

MoLI – Museum of Literature Ireland

Even if you never read Ulysses you’ll know that Ireland (and Dublin) has its fair share of world-class writers. Delve into the tales behind the country’s greatest storytellers at the Museum of Literature Ireland. It’s right on St. Stephen’s Green, so it’s easy to combine your visit with a stroll through the park or some shopping on Grafton Street.

Couple in front of neon installation at the Museum of Literature Ireland

The Little Museum of Dublin

Just across the green from MoLI, The Little Museum of Dublin reveals the history of the city through a curious collection of memorabilia (complete with witty captions!). From the Vikings to U2, it’s an endearing human story of pop culture and the capital’s quirks housed in an impressive Georgian townhouse.  

Trio laughing on tour at the Little Museum of Dublin

Escape the city

You could easily spend your entire break exploring Dublin City, but its pretty coastal towns are also worth a visit.   


Just 30-ish minutes from the city centre is Dalkey, a buzzy and picturesque seaside town. Visit the many bookshops and galleries or, if you’re feeling adventurous, head down to the harbour and take a boat trip to Dalkey Island where you’ll meet the local wildlife and enjoy exceptional views of the coast.

Couple chatting to fisherman in Dalkey

Killiney Hill

Just a few minutes' trip from Dalkey, Killiney is a popular destination for walkers and hikers with spectacular views of Dublin, the Irish Sea and even the coast of Wales on a clear day. Keep your eyes peeled for the area’s A-list residents (Bono and Enya to name just two) and sneak a peek at their impressive homes while you’re up on the hill.

Dún Laoghaire

Or why not head straight to Dún Laoghaire? Take a slow walk along the east and west piers, stop for a Teddy’s ice cream and, if you’re passing through on a Sunday, don’t miss the People’s Park Farmers Market (though check directly for opening times). The Hog Box at The Goode Life stall is not to be missed, so bring a healthy appetite.

Sandycove Beach

The nearby Forty Foot in Sandycove is something of a legend too. It’s at the back of the teeny beach, and is a daily draw for brave bathers. Sit for a while or pack your togs and take a dip or try out the wood-burning sauna.

Man swimming at the Forty Foot in Sandycove


The northside of Dublin has just as many seaside attractions, not least of which being the charming fishing village of Howth. Take the famous Cliff Walk, go for a stroll on the pier or hop on a short boat trip to Ireland’s Eye. And before you call it a day, it’s only right to top off your trip with a feed of fish and chips.

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